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What is a Tummy Tuck, and How is it Done?

What do you do when trying to get in shape? This is one of the most common hurdles when getting in shape. The good news is that a tummy tuck procedure can help you get rid of this fat and get a toned tummy. Continue reading to find out.

What is a Tummy Tuck?

Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a type of cosmetic surgery that helps to enhance the shape of your tummy by removing excess fat and skin and tightening your loose connective abdominal tissue (fascia). This procedure offers numerous benefits, including restoring weakened or loose abdominal muscles, alleviating back pain, improving your bladder function, reducing skin infections caused by folded skin, and enhancing the shape and tone of your tummy.

However, you need to understand that a tummy tuck is not a substitute for a healthy and active lifestyle. Even after getting rid of the fat on your stomach, you have to continue eating the right foods and exercising regularly to prevent fat accumulation.

How a Tummy Tuck is Done

First, understand that a tummy tuck is an invasive procedure that involves making an incision on your tummy and cutting off the excess skin and fat. Here are the main steps involved in the process.


Because of its invasive nature, your plastic surgeon will sedate you to help you relax and remain comfortable throughout the surgery. Depending on the scope of the surgery, you may be given either intravenous anesthesia or general anesthesia. Your doctor will examine you and recommend the right type of anesthesia.


The type of incision made on your tummy depends on the abdominoplasty procedure you wish to have. For instance, if you want a full tummy tuck, you’ll get a horizontally-oriented incision between your pubic hairline and belly button. The incision size depends on the amount of fat and skin to be removed. The excess fat and skin is removed, and the loose abdominal muscles are pulled together and sutured.

You could get an incision around your navel if you wish to remove the skin on your upper abdomen. The skin is pulled down and trimmed, and the remaining skin is stitched together. The surgeon may need to create a new opening for your belly button. The incisions are closed using sutures, adhesives, tapes, and a bandage wrapped around your tummy.

Your surgeon will give you prescription drugs like painkillers and antibiotics to help you manage the discomfort and prevent bacterial infections.